Hope in Henrietta

Henrietta could soon see new businesses popping up.

New businesses are on the way for a stretch of land off HWY 287 adjacent to the Best Western. Clay County's Economic Development Office is ready to apply for a grant to get the ball rolling.

Rick Langford, Economic Development Director, said, "Expenditures need to be made to provide infrastructure, in the form of a city street."

Applying and getting the grant would help fund a proposed road. Langford said they are in agreement with one potential business. He said the agreement would allow the EDC to fund part of the infrastructure needed in order for buildings to go up.

"If the grant is awarded then the money from the grant will build the streets and extend the utilities and save the business that expense."

Langford added that right now the city will do all they can to bring in new businesses along HWY 287. "This is our major focus because we are so dependent on sales tax." Langford added, "We have to generate more sales tax in order for us to have funding to develop other areas of the town."

Despite efforts to grow, Henrietta plans to keep its small town feel. "We have chosen to develop out away from our downtown area with industrial and retail development on the highway." Langford added, "That will generate sales tax that will then infuse into our downtown area to protect that small town way of life."

One retail business that has potential plans to build right next to the Best Western Hotel
promises to create up to 17 jobs. Langford said there's room for at least 5 more businesses to move in along 287.

The Economic Development Office said at the moment  they are in talks with bringing in a chain restaurant called Huddle House.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6